IMR Research Fellow (2015- ) – Dr Michael Bonshor

A varied portfolio career as a professional singer, music teacher, conductor, workshop leader and piano accompanist has been the main inspiration for my specialization in performance psychology. My research interests include all aspects of vocal performance; musical leadership; optimal performance and confidence building; the management of performance anxiety; group dynamics, communication and collaborative processes in musical ensembles; lifespan learning and inclusion in musical participation.

I recently completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield, having previously graduated with an MA in Music Psychology. My MA dissertation was an exploration of performance anxiety amongst adult amateur singers, and my PhD thesis focuses on confidence building in choral ensembles, with findings related to choir configuration, communication and collaboration.

Alongside my continuing work as a music teacher and conductor, I am also a part-time Teaching Associate in the Music Department at Sheffield, contributing to the distance learning and onsite MA courses. I am a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and have been awarded an Early Career Fellowship with the Institute of Musical Research, Royal Holloway, University of London.